In the ten-minute video below William Watson, employed by W.E. Hill & Sons from 1945 to 1962, demonstrates the bow making process - from start to finish.

The final pupil of William Retford, Watson continued to make bows after leaving the Hill firm and built a reputation as an authority on British bow making. His bows for Hill are stamped with the number 7.

A Violin Bow - The Process of Creation from Dawid Gumula on Vimeo.

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